SPOILER ALERT!! - My The Face finale recap for People MagazineWell, here we are: The final episode of The Face. It seems like just yesterday we had 24 girls and now all of a sudden we’re down to four: Team Karolina’s Devyn, a mother from the Bronx who all three mentors fought for on day one; hardworking and sweet Ebony, also from Team Karolina; Team Naomi’s former Miss Universe China, Zi Lin, who has been one to watch all season; and finally the beautiful Margaux from my Team Coco, a quirky model after my own heart who won me over on the first day with her risky head shot. Together, for better or for worse, we never played it safe as a team and we always strived to think outside the box.The final stretch: The girls are introduced to the Director of Public Relations and the Director of Trend Development at Ulta Beauty, the clients who will ultimately pick one girl to be the face of their brand. Their final test run involves learning about products and interacting with customers at an Ulta beauty store. Team Karolina’s Devyn, who works in retail, and Ebony, a preschool teacher, both seem very comfortable with the customers.
Zi Lin gives it her all and does well despite her language barrier. Naturally a shy girl, Margaux pulls through and is very warm and engaging. When asked what the brushes are made of by a would-be client, she admits that she doesn’t know the answer. I was very happy with her response, as admitting you don’t know something is much better than making something up (which we saw Team Naomi do to their downfall last week).
The girls give it their all: Photographer Dusan Reljin gives the girls one last shoot to help Carrie and Molly of Ulta decide which girl should be The Face.
Margaux is first and needs no time to warm up; as far as modeling and posing go, this girl is a machine and gives Dusan one amazing shot after another. She works with her facial expressions, her angles and even her hands. I could not be more proud of my little protégé.
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By comparison, Ebony (Team Karolina) falters. She is a little slower in finding her groove and seems to be unsure of her angles. Devyn makes up for her teammate’s shortcomings with a great connection to the camera. The clients have no problem choosing a usable shot from her work. Zi Lin is last and, with warning from mentor Naomi to not “do that pageantry thing,” serves model all the way.
It’s evident these four girls are the best in the competition and all deserve their spot in the finale. However, in reviewing the pictures, the client decides that Ebony does not have what it takes to be the face of Ulta and she is sent packing before the final runway show.
This season of The Face opened with the girls watching myself, Naomi and Karolina walk in a Zac Posen show at Lincoln Center, so it only seems right that it closes with the girls actually walking alongside us in another Zac Posen show. All three girls look amazing and we all feel like proud mamas.
And the winner is…Taking into account everything they have seen, the representatives from Ulta decide that The Face will be (drumroll, please) … Devyn! Personally, I believe that any one of the top three girls would have done an amazing job with Ulta, so Carrie and Molly couldn’t have made a bad choice.
Margaux takes the loss in stride. In the modeling world we hear “no” just as often (if not more) as we hear “yes,” and although she didn’t win the Ulta campaign her story does not stop here.
Margaux has since been signed to my agency, Wilhelmina NY, and is being guided by the same amazing agents who have worked with me for the last decade. This last month Margaux was featured in Virgin Mobile’s television spots (airing between commercial breaks of ‘The Face’!) she shot a campaign with Target and, surprise surprise, a Zac Posen for Moda Operandi look book!
All very impressive accomplishments for any model, and I, for one, could not be more excited to continue to watch and mentor Margaux and all my girls as they expand their careers in the months and years to come. You have not seen the last of Team Coco!

SPOILER ALERT!! - My The Face finale recap for People Magazine

Well, here we are: The final episode of The Face.
 It seems like just yesterday we had 24 girls and now all of a sudden we’re down to four: Team Karolina’s Devyn, a mother from the Bronx who all three mentors fought for on day one; hardworking and sweet Ebony, also from Team Karolina; Team Naomi’s former Miss Universe China, Zi Lin, who has been one to watch all season; and finally the beautiful Margaux from my Team Coco, a quirky model after my own heart who won me over on the first day with her risky head shot. Together, for better or for worse, we never played it safe as a team and we always strived to think outside the box.

The final stretch: The girls are introduced to the Director of Public Relations and the Director of Trend Development at Ulta Beauty, the clients who will ultimately pick one girl to be the face of their brand. Their final test run involves learning about products and interacting with customers at an Ulta beauty store. Team Karolina’s Devyn, who works in retail, and Ebony, a preschool teacher, both seem very comfortable with the customers.

Zi Lin gives it her all and does well despite her language barrier. Naturally a shy girl, Margaux pulls through and is very warm and engaging. When asked what the brushes are made of by a would-be client, she admits that she doesn’t know the answer. I was very happy with her response, as admitting you don’t know something is much better than making something up (which we saw Team Naomi do to their downfall last week).

The girls give it their all: Photographer Dusan Reljin gives the girls one last shoot to help Carrie and Molly of Ulta decide which girl should be The Face.

Margaux is first and needs no time to warm up; as far as modeling and posing go, this girl is a machine and gives Dusan one amazing shot after another. She works with her facial expressions, her angles and even her hands. I could not be more proud of my little protégé.

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SPOILER ALERT!! - My Episode 6 recap for People Magazine
This week’s episode of The Face is all about being a brand ambassador. The most envied campaigns in fashion and beauty nearly all require that the model be able to speak, sometimes extensively, about a product. Learning how to communicate as a brand ambassador is a must.
The challenge is a red carpet press event thrown by a magazine. The clients are journalist William Norwich and iconic model Pat Cleveland, both experts on red carpet etiquette, who will look at how the girls walk and hold themselves in front of press, photographers and fans, as well as they answer questions. Billy and Pat teach the girls how to pose for the cameras in their Guido Maria Kretschmer gowns, and remind them that “to admit when you don’t know something” is the height of intelligence. In other words, no making stuff up.On the red carpet, Ebony (Team Karolina) breezes through a tough question from Wendy “How You Doin’” Williams about her children having different fathers. Devyn tells Wendy that she doesn’t categorize herself as a “black girl model” and Naomi calls her out. “That’s a disgrace!” she says, throwing Devyn off her game and making her think she has lost it for her team.
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Next, Jocelyn (Team Naomi) is upstaged by former pageant queen Zi Lin on the red carpet. Jocelyn refuses to answer a question about her mystery “reality star boyfriend.” Zi Lin is asked the name of her eyeshadow (by Ulta, the brand these girls represent) and instead of admitting she doesn’t know, she starts talking about how her name means purple in Chinese and then says of the eyeshadow “I call it Ulta Special Purple.” Googling that product name does not get you very far.
Team Coco does well. Margaux quickly fires back at a negative comment about her height with the classic example of 5-foot-7 Kate Moss. Although inaudible to anyone else, Naomi thinks she hears Margaux mispronounce the apparently complex and nuanced name ‘Moss’ and calls her out on that. It’s an act both distracting and completely uncalled for considering no one criticized Zi Lin’s pronunciation, ever.
Team Karolina wins and Naomi gives the news to her girls, saying, “We’ve won three challenges, Karolina has won three challenges, and Coco’s won zero.” Although technically correct, my team won the biggest challenge of all: the public vote. Fans of the show gave Team Coco 70% of the popular vote online, leaving just 18% for Naomi and 12% for Karolina. Whatever the outcome of The Face’s challenges, the people have spoken and they loved the way my girls played the game.
Karolina is faced with the difficult task of sending two girls home this week. Apparently Naomi’s name-calling last week made no impact on her as she puts Zi Lin and Margaux, arguably the two strongest girls in the competition, through to the finale. Stephanie leaves with her head held high and says she is walking away as a model and that she never could have said that before.
Of course the show cannot end there. Despite the fact that both of our teams lost, Naomi seems determined to make Team Coco feel like somehow we’re the real losers, saying she’s “yet to be inspired” by us.
Regardless of how the points are divided, I’m very proud of my team. As aspiring spokespeople for Ulta Beauty, none of my girls made up an imaginary brand name like Zi Lin did. “Do not say my girl lied, you better re- check your facts,” says Naomi. I remind her those were the client’s words, but Naomi couldn’t care less and goes off topic telling me “Check your lipstick, before you come and talk to me, because you’re wearing it.” For the record, my purple lipstick was not called “Ulta Special Purple.”
–Coco Rocha

SPOILER ALERT!! - My Episode 6 recap for People Magazine

This week’s episode of The Face is all about being a brand ambassador. The most envied campaigns in fashion and beauty nearly all require that the model be able to speak, sometimes extensively, about a product. Learning how to communicate as a brand ambassador is a must.

The challenge is a red carpet press event thrown by a magazine. The clients are journalist William Norwich and iconic model Pat Cleveland, both experts on red carpet etiquette, who will look at how the girls walk and hold themselves in front of press, photographers and fans, as well as they answer questions. Billy and Pat teach the girls how to pose for the cameras in their Guido Maria Kretschmer gowns, and remind them that “to admit when you don’t know something” is the height of intelligence. In other words, no making stuff up.

On the red carpet, Ebony (Team Karolina) breezes through a tough question from Wendy “How You Doin’” Williams about her children having different fathers. Devyn tells Wendy that she doesn’t categorize herself as a “black girl model” and Naomi calls her out. “That’s a disgrace!” she says, throwing Devyn off her game and making her think she has lost it for her team.

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SPOILER ALERT!! - My Episode 5 recap for People MagazineThis week’s episode starts out with a clip of someone being called an idiot. Who’s the idiot and why, we ask? Turns out we will find out at the very end of the show.
Idiot-calling aside, the test shoot this week is all about chemistry. Naomi teaches a lesson on how to sell a pair of Christian Louboutin heels alongside a male model and she’s looking for confidence, performance and charisma in the girls.
The Drama Begins: When Margaux (Team Coco) is up, Naomi states her weakness is having no personality. To set the record straight, just because you’re not a loud or aggressive person does NOT mean you have no personality. Being humble, professional and demure are also personality traits – just not ones that register to Naomi apparently. But it’s Stephanie’s performance that has us all on the edge of our seats in the best way possible.
Not to be outdone, Sandra shows up with a rose in her hand and goes in to kiss the male model on the neck. Naomi immediately throws herself into a fit of hysterics, falling out of her seat and running across the room laughing. Sandra is humiliated by her mentor and tells her so before storming off set.
Naomi chases Sandra down to tell her off, claiming “no one is here to laugh at you” (previous scene excluded). Miss Campbell is furious at Sandra for walking off the set and so decides that she’s not returning to set either. Nigel is left to announce the winner alone and Stephanie is rewarded with a shiny new pair of Louboutins!
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Video Girls: The girls are back to create a short video campaign for online retailer OpenSky.com. Team Karolina discusses the benefits of using an all-natural pomade on their children, which results in a genuinely engaging clip.
Although at first Margaux has a little trouble with fluidity, Team Coco pulls out a funny skit about a chic tuxedo blazer. Team Naomi decides to sell a bean bag and uses every ’90s infomercial trick of the trade, but it’s just not authentic. In the end Team Karolina wins – a great decision on the client’s part.
Stephanie did an amazing job this week, so it’s only right that I send Margaux into the elimination room for the first time. Naomi is still furious that Sandra walked out on her and so sends her to join Margaux.
And about that name-calling…: When asked why she would be a better representative for Ulta Beauty, Margaux says that a model has to be professional at all times. I concur — there is no room in the modeling industry today for a model who has anger management issues and can’t work well with others. Sandra has not been professional in the course of this competition and Karolina’s choice is a no-brainer: Margaux stays.
Naomi is furious. “Margaux is a threat, that’s clear!” says Campbell. “Now Karolina’s team is gonna lose.” Why, I wonder? Because little old Margaux came back? She flatters us! She also subtly infers that her girl Sandra was never a threat at all.
Karolina receives the full wrath when she walks in the room and is called a “complete idiot.” In all the time I have known Karolina, she has been many things — sweet, honest — but never an idiot. For the record I think being reasonable and a good sportsman are enviable qualities.
Naomi then turns to Margaux, who at 22 years old has been in school full-time until last year. “Margaux’s been working for eight years,” Naomi says. “Don’t you think she should have been someone by now?!”. The whole tirade is really harsh. We’re supposed to be role models, helping these girls, not tearing them down.
The fact is, Margaux may not be rich or famous but she is someone, she’s a great model and more importantly a genuinely good person. Whether she wins or loses matters less than how she plays the game and that, I feel, goes for everyone.

SPOILER ALERT!! - My Episode 5 recap for People Magazine

This week’s episode starts out with a clip of someone being called an idiot. Who’s the idiot and why, we ask? Turns out we will find out at the very end of the show.

Idiot-calling aside, the test shoot this week is all about chemistry. Naomi teaches a lesson on how to sell a pair of Christian Louboutin heels alongside a male model and she’s looking for confidence, performance and charisma in the girls.

The Drama Begins: When Margaux (Team Coco) is up, Naomi states her weakness is having no personality. To set the record straight, just because you’re not a loud or aggressive person does NOT mean you have no personality. Being humble, professional and demure are also personality traits – just not ones that register to Naomi apparently. But it’s Stephanie’s performance that has us all on the edge of our seats in the best way possible.

Not to be outdone, Sandra shows up with a rose in her hand and goes in to kiss the male model on the neck. Naomi immediately throws herself into a fit of hysterics, falling out of her seat and running across the room laughing. Sandra is humiliated by her mentor and tells her so before storming off set.

Naomi chases Sandra down to tell her off, claiming “no one is here to laugh at you” (previous scene excluded). Miss Campbell is furious at Sandra for walking off the set and so decides that she’s not returning to set either. Nigel is left to announce the winner alone and Stephanie is rewarded with a shiny new pair of Louboutins!

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SPOILER ALERT!! - My Episode 4 recap for People Magazine(Photo by Ben Cope of 7 Artist Management)
Vogue! Let Your Body Move to the Music: When I shot my new Longchamp campaign film a few months back, they assigned Salim Gauwloos, a.k.a. SLAM, to teach me disco dancing. A few weeks later I brought him to The Face to help me teach this week’s challenge – a test shoot all about movement and dance.
Having a dance background is not a prerequisite in modeling, but it certainly helps; ten years ago I was discovered at an Irish dance competition, and one of my early breakout moments was doing an Irish jig down Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway. Since then dance has been an integral part of the way I model and I treat every job as a performance.
Salim, best known as one of Madonna’s iconic dancers in videos like ‘Vogue’, teaches the girls a simple routine and we set up a photoshoot to judge them on control, timing and expression. I don’t care if they can dance – I want these girls to move. A lack of experience makes some girls nervous, and Devyn (Team Karolina) stops mid-shoot and walks off set a few times because she can’t keep up with the other girls.
[[MORE]]Ebony, who vowed to never step foot in the elimination room again last week, has some beautiful moves. Contrary to that, Jocelyn (Team Naomi) says she’s really confident because she “used to dance.” I guess that dance was the ‘Macarena’ circa 1994 because that seems to be her go-to pose. Margaux (Team Coco) second-guesses herself and completely loses focus, but Stephanie impresses everyone. Not only was she the only one who remembered all the steps, but she did so gracefully. Despite all this, in the end I give Ebony the win.
“Wicked Witch” Is a Test: The campaign this week is to create a look book for Marshall’s to be judged by celebrity stylist Jen Rade. My team picks outfits before I arrive, but Team Karolina has a conflict because Devyn doesn’t want to be cute or girly. Again, Karolina reminds her girls that a model must be all things to all people.
The girls of Team Naomi are surprisingly all getting along for the minute and pick out their looks. The peace is broken, however, when Naomi comes in saying, “I think it would be nice for you to wear something completely opposite to what you’re wearing.” I guess it was too much to expect all of Team Naomi to agree for once. Jocelyn is irritated and tells Naomi that she’s not going to show her the poses in advance. The world gasps.
Jen, the self-professed “wicked witch of wardrobe” judges Karolina’s team with some sense of control, but when it comes to Team Coco she is irrationally aggressive from the minute we walk in. We are treated to her non-stop stream of mean-spirited and hurtful comments, which are hugely demoralizing, especially for Stephanie who has no modeling experience. If I ever had a stylist like this on a shoot, I’d walk. How can you get a good performance from a model who’s being trashed off-camera?
Despite the harsh beginning, we do pretty well with the look book. Team Naomi gets much better treatment from Jen – I guess she got all the aggression out of her system on us.
In the end Jen announces that, for the third time in a row, Team Naomi wins. They performed adequately with their look book, and I give them credit considering Jocelyn’s uprising. Despite winning, the team starts fighting again and Naomi has to break up the mess herself for the tenth time.
Low Moment: Since we’ve lost every challenge so far, I’m starting to doubt myself as a mentor. I choose Stephanie to go into elimination because I know Naomi sees Margaux as her main threat and Stephanie is much less likely to get sent home. My decision pays off; Naomi sends Madeline (Team Karolina) home and tells Karolina that she did so because Madeline’s “not memorable.”
However, in a private interview, she tells the viewers that her decision to keep Stephanie was “because she was the weaker of the two girls.” Well, which one is it? One thing we can be sure of – Naomi is in it to win it.

SPOILER ALERT!! - My Episode 4 recap for People Magazine
(Photo by Ben Cope of 7 Artist Management)

Vogue! Let Your Body Move to the Music: When I shot my new Longchamp campaign film a few months back, they assigned Salim Gauwloos, a.k.a. SLAM, to teach me disco dancing. A few weeks later I brought him to The Face to help me teach this week’s challenge – a test shoot all about movement and dance.

Having a dance background is not a prerequisite in modeling, but it certainly helps; ten years ago I was discovered at an Irish dance competition, and one of my early breakout moments was doing an Irish jig down Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway. Since then dance has been an integral part of the way I model and I treat every job as a performance.

Salim, best known as one of Madonna’s iconic dancers in videos like ‘Vogue’, teaches the girls a simple routine and we set up a photoshoot to judge them on control, timing and expression. I don’t care if they can dance – I want these girls to move. A lack of experience makes some girls nervous, and Devyn (Team Karolina) stops mid-shoot and walks off set a few times because she can’t keep up with the other girls.

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SPOILER ALERT! - My Episode 3 recap for People Magazine(Photo by Ben Cope of 7 Artist Management)Tonight at 9/8c I hope you’ll watch episode 4 of The Face! If you missed last week’s episode you can watch it HERE and read my recap for People Magazine below:
This week’s episode of The Face starts out with a quick-change challenge. Runway models often have two or more looks in a show, leaving us mere seconds backstage to throw on the next look and walk the runway. The girls are all done up in heavy red lipstick and slicked hair — the perfect look to be totally messed up in a hasty change. Karolina teaches the challenge and sets the bar mighty high by changing into a runway look in just 41 seconds.
Timing Is Everything: Team Naomi’s Zi Lin goes first with a time of 1:18, which she says is not good enough for her. Aside from being a magnificent beauty, Zi Lin is refreshingly humble in this competition — something some of the other girls could definitely learn from. Devyn of Team Karolina beats her time with 1:09, but Margaux (Team Coco) beats her by two seconds and wins a $5,000 shopping spree. Devyn complains that it isn’t fair because Margaux “wasn’t completely composed,” which a slo-mo recap proves to be false. Karolina is not impressed with her teammate’s poor sportsmanship and lets us all know it.
A Surprise Move: On a Sunday afternoon when we aren’t shooting, I’m called in unexpectedly to see my girl Marlee. She tells me that her family is facing financial difficulties back home and she needs to leave the competition. This comes as a total shock to me but at the end of the day family always comes first, so I completely understand and respect Marlee’s choice to leave.
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Gowns Down!: The client this week is Kleinfeld Bridal of Say Yes to the Dress fame. The girls are to navigate a dramatic staircase in their epic dresses, some of which weigh upwards of 30 lbs. Although my Stephanie is the only one who has never done runway before, Margaux takes the first spill during rehearsal. Naomi has doubts about Jocelyn’s runway ability, but it’s Sandra who almost falls headfirst. Karolina instructs her team very well, though I am tempted to remind her that she called me “bossy” for doing that last week!
When it comes to the actual challenge, Stephanie is amazing and I can’t be more proud of my baby model-in-training. The client loves her, the crowd loves her. Even Naomi is impressed! Unfortunately Margaux takes another big fall, this time in front of the client and a live audience. Overall it was not a strong performance from Team Coco and I’m feeling nervous; there were a few minor missteps on Karolina’s team, but no epic Jennifer Lawrence-worthy tumbles like Margaux’s. Team Naomi’s Zi Lin is the true runway star, gliding down the stairs in a giant gown that even Naomi admitted she couldn’t handle. Way to go Zi Lin!
Memory Fails: The audience vote reveals that Team Naomi wins the challenge, thanks in no small part to Zi Lin’s magnificent walk. The client tells me he likes two of my girls (including clumsy Margaux), but can’t remember Brittany. In the end I forgive Margaux’s fall (all runway girls have fallen) and send Brittany to elimination for not making an impression. When you’re trying to get a job over plenty of other beautiful models you want to be the one to stand out. Saying you were “un-memorable” is akin to the kiss of death.
Both Ebony (Team Karolina) and Brittany plead their cases before Naomi, who pulls a McKayla Maroney and lets us know she is not impressed. She says they are both trying to play on her heartstrings and that’s a song she does not want to hear. Naomi chooses Ebony over Brittany, resulting in Team Coco going from four girls to two in a single episode. Talk about getting kicked when you’re down!
Brittany accepts Naomi’s decision and is realistic about the fact that we all face rejection sometime in our careers. I applaud Brittany’s drive and determination, and I know she will continue to do well long after this season’s finale.
–Coco Rocha

SPOILER ALERT! - My Episode 3 recap for People Magazine
(Photo by Ben Cope of 7 Artist Management)

Tonight at 9/8c I hope you’ll watch episode 4 of The Face! If you missed last week’s episode you can watch it HERE and read my recap for People Magazine below:

This week’s episode of The Face starts out with a quick-change challenge. Runway models often have two or more looks in a show, leaving us mere seconds backstage to throw on the next look and walk the runway. The girls are all done up in heavy red lipstick and slicked hair — the perfect look to be totally messed up in a hasty change. Karolina teaches the challenge and sets the bar mighty high by changing into a runway look in just 41 seconds.

Timing Is Everything: Team Naomi’s Zi Lin goes first with a time of 1:18, which she says is not good enough for her. Aside from being a magnificent beauty, Zi Lin is refreshingly humble in this competition — something some of the other girls could definitely learn from. Devyn of Team Karolina beats her time with 1:09, but Margaux (Team Coco) beats her by two seconds and wins a $5,000 shopping spree. Devyn complains that it isn’t fair because Margaux “wasn’t completely composed,” which a slo-mo recap proves to be false. Karolina is not impressed with her teammate’s poor sportsmanship and lets us all know it.

A Surprise Move: On a Sunday afternoon when we aren’t shooting, I’m called in unexpectedly to see my girl Marlee. She tells me that her family is facing financial difficulties back home and she needs to leave the competition. This comes as a total shock to me but at the end of the day family always comes first, so I completely understand and respect Marlee’s choice to leave.

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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER - Interview for Glamour MagI just arrived in Paris to support my dear friend, Jean Paul Gaultier, and so I thought it only appropriate that I post this interview we did together in the latest copy of American Glamour Magazine. Gaultier has given me so many amazing opportunities on his runway; he was the designer who asked me to Irish dance down the runway in 2007, which really put me on the fashion radar. More than that, though, he is one of the kindest, most sincere people you could ever hope to meet. See our interview below:
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Designer Jean Paul Gaultier interviews Coco Rocha about catfights, male models – and playing for Team Coco. 
In fashion it’s a given that every designer has a muse. For much of the last decade Jean Paul Gaultier, the Parisian designer who created Madonna’s cone bra in the late eighties, has found his inspiration in Canadian model Coco Rocha. Back in 2007 the then 18-year-old Rocha opened and closed Gaultier’s fall show by dancing a Celtic Irish jig down the runway. (Another year she played a mermaid!) The two have been friends ever since. Here, Gaultier and Rocha – who’s a new star judge on Oxygen’s model-competition show The Face, alongside Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova – sit down to talk. 
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: Which was more difficult: coaching the girls for the competition or getting along with Naomi and Karolina? 
COCO ROCHA: I think you know the answer to that. 
JPG: Yes, I can imagine!
CR: When we first started shooting, we were like children on the first day of school. But two days into the show, you could definitely see that there was a competition among Team Naomi, Team Coco, and Team Karolina. We’re all fighting to win. We have three different personalities and our own concept of how a model should model, so you know it’s going to be a good show. 
JPG: From what I saw, it seems like there was a bit of tension between Naomi and Karolina. 
CR: There’s going to be tension in a lot of scenes. 
JPG: Yes, yes yes! Especially with Naomi, she can be sometimes a little excited, no? Did you teach the girls how to Irish dance? 
CR: No, I didn’t get to, but they knew that I could. Everyone always remembers my dancing. 
JPG: I think you should teach male models how to walk. Some guys are very beautiful, but they walk like they’re embarrassed. It’s ridiculous. 
CR: How do you choose a male model for your shows? 
JPG: I want a male model version of you or Naomi or Karolina or Linda [Evangelista]. What makes you special is that you create so many different personalities. It’s boring when the models all walk exactly the same. Don’t you think? 
CR: That’s why all of us like doing your show. You allow us to be whoever we want. These days we’re told to walk straight, don’t move, no emotion, no nothing. I want my team [on The Face] to play characters because it’s far more interesting. I have to say that you’re one of the only designers who likes to talk to his models and ask us about our opinions and what we’re thinking. 
JPG: If there were no models, I couldn’t do my shows. You make my shows real – I love that. 
- Rajni Lucienne Jacques

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER - Interview for Glamour Mag

I just arrived in Paris to support my dear friend, Jean Paul Gaultier, and so I thought it only appropriate that I post this interview we did together in the latest copy of American Glamour Magazine. Gaultier has given me so many amazing opportunities on his runway; he was the designer who asked me to Irish dance down the runway in 2007, which really put me on the fashion radar. More than that, though, he is one of the kindest, most sincere people you could ever hope to meet. See our interview below:

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SPOILER ALERT! - My Episode 2 recap for People Magazine
This week’s episode begins with Christy (Team Karolina) making obnoxious remarks. She ignorantly claims Stephanie (Team Coco) needs to “work out every day.” There’s no such thing as one perfect body type, just like there isn’t just one ideal skin or eye color.
One thing that does make or break a model’s career is her attitude, and this girl has a horrible one. At the end of the day the only thing you can’t work off at the gym is an ugly personality. With very few exceptions, mean girls do not make it in my industry.
“She Won Fair and Square:” The 60-sec. test shoot involves striking as many usable poses possible while modeling eyewear. I teach the challenge, showing the girls my “160 poses in 60 seconds” routine – they get the idea that it’s OK to let go.
Team Coco does fairly well, but I’m really impressed with Madeline and Devyn from Team Karolina. Zi Lin never once thinks to actually put the glasses on her head and Sandra ends up with hair across her face in almost every shot. I later realize all of Team Naomi are in the bottom three and it was me who put them there. This will go over well.
Madeline wins in the end. I think she was genuinely surprised I didn’t pick a Team Coco girl, but she won fair and square.
Naomi’s Actions Speak Louder than Words: The fighting on Team Naomi reaches epic proportions. Sandra threatens physical violence against Jocelyn, and Miss Campbell herself has to come mediate. Naomi says that she cares about the girls and that’s why she “went ballistic over losing Alexandria” to Karolina last week.
She then tells Sandra off for, well, “going ballistic” this week. “You cannot take things personally sometimes. You have to learn to brush it off,” she says, and at this point I suppose it’s too much to ask for a flashback to Naomi taking it very personally last week with Karolina. At the end of the day the moral of Team Naomi’s dilemma is this: You lead by words and actions.
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When Pillow Fights Get Serious: The team challenge this week is a lingerie commercial for Cosabella. Each girl is to portray sexy, sweet or conservative. I’m the only coach without any experience modeling lingerie (one of the things I’ve decided not to do in my career), but as a woman I know how I like to be sold lingerie and I have no doubt I can lead my team to win. Karolina calls me a “bossy” coach; I’m not their cheerleader, I’m their coach, so I coach! My team does extremely well.
Team Naomi doesn’t mesh well on set, but ends the shoot with a lighthearted pillow fight. Great idea. Wait — my team actually did the pillow fight first, but for some reason it was cut from this episode. Imitation is flattery; a little credit is nice, too!
The representative from Cosabella announces to the dismay of everyone on set that day that Team Naomi won. I didn’t see it, but that was his choice and unfortunately that’s the reality of this business. The client decides.
Nice Girls Finish First: When it comes time for elimination I’m heartbroken. Ugly tears and all. My only choice is to send Stephanie to fight her case against Christy. After all the nasty Stephanie-bashing Christy did, it’s Stephanie who’s saved and Christy who goes home. Don’t you love it when nice girls win in the end?
Will that be the theme of this show? We shall see…
Watch next week as our models navigate an enormous staircase for a live audience while wearing huge bridal gowns. Some will rise to the occasion, while others will fall from grace.

SPOILER ALERT! - My Episode 2 recap for People Magazine

This week’s episode begins with Christy (Team Karolina) making obnoxious remarks. She ignorantly claims Stephanie (Team Coco) needs to “work out every day.” There’s no such thing as one perfect body type, just like there isn’t just one ideal skin or eye color.

One thing that does make or break a model’s career is her attitude, and this girl has a horrible one. At the end of the day the only thing you can’t work off at the gym is an ugly personality. With very few exceptions, mean girls do not make it in my industry.

“She Won Fair and Square:” The 60-sec. test shoot involves striking as many usable poses possible while modeling eyewear. I teach the challenge, showing the girls my “160 poses in 60 seconds” routine – they get the idea that it’s OK to let go.

Team Coco does fairly well, but I’m really impressed with Madeline and Devyn from Team Karolina. Zi Lin never once thinks to actually put the glasses on her head and Sandra ends up with hair across her face in almost every shot. I later realize all of Team Naomi are in the bottom three and it was me who put them there. This will go over well.

Madeline wins in the end. I think she was genuinely surprised I didn’t pick a Team Coco girl, but she won fair and square.

Naomi’s Actions Speak Louder than Words: The fighting on Team Naomi reaches epic proportions. Sandra threatens physical violence against Jocelyn, and Miss Campbell herself has to come mediate. Naomi says that she cares about the girls and that’s why she “went ballistic over losing Alexandria” to Karolina last week.

She then tells Sandra off for, well, “going ballistic” this week. “You cannot take things personally sometimes. You have to learn to brush it off,” she says, and at this point I suppose it’s too much to ask for a flashback to Naomi taking it very personally last week with Karolina. At the end of the day the moral of Team Naomi’s dilemma is this: You lead by words and actions.

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Teen Vogue - On The AirMarch 2013In this month’s Teen Vogue, my good friend Andrew Bevan asked me my thoughts on modeling, television and being accessible.

"I’ve always treated modeling like a job, not a lifestyle," explains my pal Coco Rocha.  "You can’t rest on your laurels: a model is really only as good and relevant as her most recent editorial or campaign."  That philosophy has kept this tour de force going strong for nearly a decade in a business where a typical career span is only a few years.  This spring she continues to strike while the iron is hot, starring in Oxygen’s new model-competition show The Face, alongside fellow supers Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova.     So will Coco’s sage advice to her proteges land them on top?  ”I told my girls that above all else, staying true to their values is worth more than any one job.  I say no to more jobs than I say yes.  If you don’t want to wear fur or go nude, you shouldn’t” she says.  ”You can’t please, nor are you right for, everyone.  I’ve had clients tell me I’m too fat and others tell me I’m too thin the very next day.”  Coco also stresses the importance of being accessible to fans despite past naysayers.  ”Some told me I was making myself too open and that models should be untouchable,” she says of her twelve social-media platforms that spawned from a simple online diary she kept for friends and family.  ”It’s been rewarding to blaze the trail for a new generation of models.  I love that we don’t just have to be mute pretty faces anymore.”  
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Teen Vogue - On The Air
March 2013

In this month’s Teen Vogue, my good friend Andrew Bevan asked me my thoughts on modeling, television and being accessible.

"I’ve always treated modeling like a job, not a lifestyle," explains my pal Coco Rocha.  "You can’t rest on your laurels: a model is really only as good and relevant as her most recent editorial or campaign."  That philosophy has kept this tour de force going strong for nearly a decade in a business where a typical career span is only a few years.  This spring she continues to strike while the iron is hot, starring in Oxygen’s new model-competition show The Face, alongside fellow supers Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova.

     So will Coco’s sage advice to her proteges land them on top?  ”I told my girls that above all else, staying true to their values is worth more than any one job.  I say no to more jobs than I say yes.  If you don’t want to wear fur or go nude, you shouldn’t” she says.  ”You can’t please, nor are you right for, everyone.  I’ve had clients tell me I’m too fat and others tell me I’m too thin the very next day.”  Coco also stresses the importance of being accessible to fans despite past naysayers.  ”Some told me I was making myself too open and that models should be untouchable,” she says of her twelve social-media platforms that spawned from a simple online diary she kept for friends and family.  ”It’s been rewarding to blaze the trail for a new generation of models.  I love that we don’t just have to be mute pretty faces anymore.”  

To read more go buy your copy today!

DESTINATION IMAN - Supermodel Iman interviews ‘The Face' mentors Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha about their style and approach to the game.
IMAN: What were the qualities you were looking for in a model?
COCO: For me, looks were second to attitude. I wanted hard working girls who really view modeling as a profession, not a lifestyle. I didn’t want the bad girls, the party girls, or the ones who just wanted to be TV famous on my team. I wanted girls who had an open mind, were willing to work very hard and trust me as a mentor to train them.
NAOMI: I was looking for drive, passion, thick skin, being able to change, and a willingness to follow direction. All of those elements were really important to me.
KAROLINA: Simply put, I wanted someone who was willing to work hard and was a good person. Uniqueness was important too.
IMAN: What is your strongest suit as a leader?
NAOMI: I was definitely Sergeant Major of the group. I was tough on my girls and didn’t sugar coat anything, because that won’t help them in the long run. I pushed them as hard as they’ll be pushed when they’re in the modeling industry, and I think they came out of the competition as stronger models because of this.
COCO: I think my strong suit was that I never played it safe. I can’t stand mediocrity in modeling or in fashion and I wasn’t going to let my girls take the easy route – ever.
KAROLINA: I’ve always been interested in becoming a mentor to girls who have just started out in the modeling business. I wish I had this when I was coming up — women in the business to offer advice, guidance, and who could relate to everything you go through.
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IMAN: How would you describe “The Face”?
NAOMI: As you know, being a model is about more than just having pretty face – you need charisma, passion, talent, drive and smarts to represent a brand. “The Face” is my new reality TV series that searches for the new face of ULTA Beauty. Karolina Kurkova, Coco Rocha and I are searching for an aspiring model who has the beauty and personality to be the spokesmodel for this national brand. During the series, we choose our teams from a group of aspiring models and then guide them through assignments and challenges, including photo shoots, runway shows, and commercials. The models will be exposed to the very best photographers, stylists, and designers in the fashion world and get a feel for what the industry is truly like. In the end, one model will secure a contract as the face of ULTA Beauty.
KAROLINA: Being “the face” of a brand requires the right look, charisma, and talent — it’s about more than just a pretty face. This show gives aspiring models the opportunity to learn these qualities from three names in the business, but also gain a sense of self and confidence as women, in all aspects of their lives.
COCO: The Face is more than just an aspiring model show. It’s also about how three established models from different generations work and teach their own team of models how best to become the face of a major brand. The show gives the viewer an inside look at the world of modeling as Naomi, Karolina and myself guide our girls through real life assignments, photo shoots and commercials. As mentors, we do our best to instill the sorts of skills and lessons we think our teams of girls will need to have successful careers.IMAN: What have you learned from your “opponent”?
KAROLINA: I went into this competition without a strategy. My goal was to get to know these women personally and intuitively figure out their needs and be there to support them. I stuck to this throughout the competition, but I think I learned from my opponents that having a strategy is relevant in certain cases. For example, in the elimination rounds, maybe you don’t send your weakest girl, but you send the girl who you feel confident WON’T get eliminated.
NAOMI: Karolina, Coco and I all had different leadership styles. It was interesting to see how they coached their girls, and the expertise they brought into the competition.
COCO: I’ve always had my own way of modeling but what I saw from my fellow mentors Karolina and Naomi was that there is not just one route to success. We all have our different styles, but I think what we all share is that in order to remain relevant in modeling you have to be a chameleon and be able to embody all sorts of “types”.
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DESTINATION IMAN - Supermodel Iman interviews ‘The Face' mentors Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha about their style and approach to the game.

IMAN: What were the qualities you were looking for in a model?

COCO: For me, looks were second to attitude. I wanted hard working girls who really view modeling as a profession, not a lifestyle. I didn’t want the bad girls, the party girls, or the ones who just wanted to be TV famous on my team. I wanted girls who had an open mind, were willing to work very hard and trust me as a mentor to train them.

NAOMI: I was looking for drive, passion, thick skin, being able to change, and a willingness to follow direction. All of those elements were really important to me.

KAROLINA: Simply put, I wanted someone who was willing to work hard and was a good person. Uniqueness was important too.

IMAN: What is your strongest suit as a leader?

NAOMI: I was definitely Sergeant Major of the group. I was tough on my girls and didn’t sugar coat anything, because that won’t help them in the long run. I pushed them as hard as they’ll be pushed when they’re in the modeling industry, and I think they came out of the competition as stronger models because of this.

COCO: I think my strong suit was that I never played it safe. I can’t stand mediocrity in modeling or in fashion and I wasn’t going to let my girls take the easy route – ever.

KAROLINA: I’ve always been interested in becoming a mentor to girls who have just started out in the modeling business. I wish I had this when I was coming up — women in the business to offer advice, guidance, and who could relate to everything you go through.

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LIFE via INSTAGRAM - February 10th to 13th, 2013

In this installment of Life via Instagram I struggle to balance NYFW with some heavy media promotion for The Face. I start out at DVF,  go on VH1 with Nigel and then a radio tour with Karolina. The Face mentors and coaches ring the NASDAQ bell and finally I wrap up Fashion Week by taking my Team Coco girl Stephanie Lalanne to her first runway show, Rachel Zoe.

Follow me at @cocorocha for more real-time updates. 

  1. With the legendary DVF backstage at her show. 
  2. My shot of the DVF runway finale. Perfect ’70s glam rock decadence. Mr. Bill Cunningham snapping pictures beside me. Taken with the Samsung Galaxy Camera #thenextbigthing
  3. Nigel Barker gets in on the ugly-pretty game on VH1!
  4. Going live on Good Day New York (Fox 5) to talk about The Face.
  5. Doing a big radio tour with my fellow The Face mentor and friend Karolina Kurkova
  6. About to ring the #NASDAQ bell at 4pm with my The Face castmates!
  7. Heading into the city for NYFW with the baby member of my Team CocoStephanie Lalanne.
  8. Look who’s also at the Rachel Zoe show - “Noted fashion photographer” and The Face host Nigel Barker! It’s a mini reunion with my Team Coco girl Stephanie Lalanne, too!
  9. So nice to sit and watch the Rachel Zoe show. Always true to her personal style.

LIFE via INSTAGRAM - February 5th - 7th, 2013

In this installment of Life via Instagram, New York Fashion Week begins and I continue to promote the premiere of The Face! You can watch The Face Tuesday nights at 9/8c on Oxygen, and join me in a #teamcoco live tweeting session! 

Follow me at @cocorocha for more real-time updates!

  1. Who’s excited for The Face casting Special?! #TeamCoco
  2. This is happening at The Face premiere party! With Karolina Kurkova, Nigel Barker, James Conran, Suchin Pak and Andy Cohen.
  3. So this is just a picture of me, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Nigel Barker with a CHOIR singing George Michael’s FREEDOM. No big deal.
  4. We’re live!!! Wearing Fausto Puglisi at #TheFace Hangout at Google!
  5. Thanks to all the models who came to the Model Lounge for our little chat this morning. 
  6. Halfway through Day 1 of #NYFW and I’m already tired of blurry runway pictures on my Instagram feed.
  7. Loving the vibe at Dannijo #dannijovanities #nyfw
  8. More of the scene at Dannijo #dannijovanities #nyfw - amazing job ladies!
  9. With the beautiful girls behind Dannijo and my bud Hilary Rhoda.

GOOGLE+ HANGOUT - The Cast Of The Face.

Did you get a chance yesterday to tune into the live Google+ hangout with me, Naomi, Karolina and Nigel? If not, we have you covered with the whole interview. I seriously think we should do a recap show like this every week, who’s with me?! 

If you haven’t checked out Google+, you really should. This feature is amazing.

Xx
Coco

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Last night at “The Face” Premiere Party, we had GIFmaster T. Kyle MacMahon (of RealityTVGIFs) on hand to create GIFs that were projected on a huge screen for guests to see. It turned out pretty awesome. Here are some of our favorite GIFs of the night.

Tune into the premiere of “The Face” this Tuesday on Oxygen at 9/8c! 

GIFS GALORE

INSTYLE US - March, 2013
"Glam Squad" by Dusan Relgin

Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova  and I shot together for the latest issue of InStyle in support of our new show The Face. Set your alarms and TIVOs because the hour-long casting special airs tomorrow night on Oxygen, Bravo and Style, all at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Or you can watch it early online HERE.


Whose team are you on?!
Xx
Coco

LIFE via INSTAGRAM - January 10th - 25th, 2013

Today’s installment of Life via Instagram is dedicated to The Face! In preparation for tomorrow night’s premiere, a tidal wave of campaigns and advertisements has swept New York. With the media blitz above and below ground, you literally cannot escape! Watch the casting special of The Face tomorrow night at 9/8c on Oxygen, and join me in a #teamcoco live tweeting session! 

Follow me at @cocorocha for more real-time updates. 

  1. Working on something special with Nigel Barker and Jason Binn.
  2. Meeting the #TeamCoco crew at The Westchester Mall today. So fun!!
  3. Pose-off with all the The Face girls at Westchester Mall!
  4. Behind the scenes with Nigel Barker on our Dujour shoot. My favorite pic is the lower right one where I’m showing Nigel my best self defense move!
  5. Spotted at 14th & 9th. #TheFace
  6. The Face - DeFaced. (At Spring St. Station)
  7. Another underground #TheFace sighting (we’re taking over NYC!).
  8. Thanks to Jason Binn and TWSteel for throwing Nigel Barker and me a great Dujour cover launch party!
  9. Attack of the 50ft Coco.